Getting the Kiddos Involved: Valentine’s Day Decor with Salt Dough

For Christmas this year, my nieces and nephew gave me an awesome handcrafted ornament made of salt dough. I thought the salt dough would be perfect for the project I had in mind for my porch and I knew it would make for a fun project with my little guy! I had him at the word dough but he was absolutely giddy when I told him we’d be painting together! I already had everything on hand and you probably do to!

Eye Hooks

Picture Wire

Fishing line

Burlap

Muslin

Felt Roses

Paint

Barnwood

Salt Dough Ingredients

 

We started with a simple salt dough recipe. I actually cut it in half because I knew I wouldn’t need it all. I used:

1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup lukewarm water

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Once we played it for a while and had it nice and smooth, I rolled it out on the table and we got to cutting!

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

When all the hearts were cut, I rolled up the excess and cut out a banner. I used a toothpick to create a hole in the hearts and in the banner.  I rolled the edges of the banner up a little to give it some movement.

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Mine were pretty thin and only took about an hour at 225 degrees to get hard but I’ve heard of them taking up to two hours so just give them a test prick with a toothpick.

Once they cooled, we got to the fun stuff, PAINTING! I’m telling you, the kid has talent! We used acrylic paint for the hearts and for the banner, I used my Webster’s chalkboard mixture. I’m not surprised at all that it worked like a charm! Websters rocks!!

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

I LOVE the way he mixes his paint!

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

I stretched picture wire across the width of the barnwood, securing it at each end with an eye hook. You could use fabric or rope instead of the wire too. If fact, so many parts of this project can be improvised! You could paint and distress a piece of 1×12 lumber or even stretch the line inside a frame. I used items I already had on hand and always encourage people to look around and see what you have before going out and buying something! I used pieces of the burlap to hang the 6 large hearts {because there are 6 of us} and I used fishing line to dangle the smaller hearts from the picture wire.

Salt Dough Valentine Craft for Kids

I attached fabric flowers with velcro so I can reuse this for seasonal decor. You can see how I make the flowers here!

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

All put together…

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

Salt Dough Valentine's Day Craft with Kids

I’m excited about all the future salt dough fun! Spring flowers, leaves, pumpkins, snowflakes…endless possibilities! Get your hands dirty this week and let the kiddos play too!

You can watch the Hometalk segment for this project here!

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